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PEAT PROBE

May Gurney (Technical Services) recently carried out a site investigation of a 50m long stretch of railway embankment for a remediation contract in Suffolk. Tidal action of the River Deben near Woodbridge has caused considerable erosion of saturated peat below the embankment on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line and threatened its stability. May Gurney's site investigation division, working with its parent company May Gurney (Construction) - the East Anglia Zone North Extended Arm contractor for Railtrack - and consultant Jeremy Benn Associates sunk five 20m deep boreholes to obtain samples of the underlying soft clay, silt and peat. Results of the investigation will be used as part of a feasibility study to determine the correct course of remedial action.

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